1971   Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 111.027.12.004080  Engine no. 116980.12.003915

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Lot 89
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet

Sold for € 287,500 (US$ 345,977) inc. premium
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet
Chassis no. 111.027.12.004080
Engine no. 116980.12.003915
•Mercedes-Benz' flagship model and last hand built automobile
•Beautiful colour combination of Moss Green over Tan interior
•Highly equipped example
•Beautifully presented

'If you feel obligated to ask about the price you not only will never understand the car, you have branded yourself incapable of ever appreciating its virtues even if someone gave you one.' – Car & Driver on the Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5.

Introduced in late 1969 as a prestige model to supplant the somewhat underpowered six-cylinder 280SE, the V8-powered, W111-Series 280SE 3.5 in both coupe and convertible form was of immediate appeal to wealthy customers who were accustomed to having the best quality and workmanship available in an automobile, but didn't need or desire the next step up, the over-the-top 600.

The hand-built body of the new model was slightly restyled, with a cleaner and flatter nose and radiator shell, but was still quite conservative. Beneath the wide hood there now rested a Bosch fuel-injected, 200bhp overhead-cam V8 with 211 foot-pounds of torque designed to deliver excellent performance. One reviewer referred to it as having a "hot-rod"- like persona with a lovely exhaust snarl - while meeting ever-more strict emissions laws in the US, the company's most vital market.

The compact but sturdy engine was capable of moving this big 4/5-seater to 100 kilometres per hour in under 10 seconds, and offered a top speed in excess of 200km/h, a substantial improvement on the six-cylinder version's figures. Large vacuum-assisted disc brakes at each corner allowed the driver to slow with ease, and handling was described as very comfortable, thanks to its coil-sprung independent suspension.

The craftsmen at Sindelfingen produced just 1,232 of these 3.5 V8 Cabriolets, making them extremely rare. Both the open and closed versions of the 3.5 were fitted with just about every luxury amenity a buyer could ask for. The few choices remaining pertained to paint and interior trim colours, which model of Becker stereo system was desired, and electric seat-back adjustment. It all added up to an impressively costly automobile. Significantly, the 280SE 3.5 was to be the final model to feature this long-established and much admired body style, and today these last-of-the-line classics are highly sought after by discerning Mercedes-Benz collectors.

This beautiful 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet is finished in Moss Green over Tan leather interior with a lovely green matching soft top and finished with Burl wood details. One of only 1,232 examples, this Cabriolet was completed at the Stutgart-based Mercedes-Benz factory in 1971 with numerous desirable options destined for the US market. Equipped with the Behr Airconditioning, power windows and factory fog lights, the car came back to Europe and was restored in 2010 in the Netherlands with no expense spared.
We're advised by the vendor that restoration included overhauling the mechanicals, at the same time this Cabriolet was repainted to a very high level and all other cosmetic work to details that needed attention was carried out by specialists.

Furthermore, the vendor advises us that this particular example handles and drives very well with the smooth and powerful 3.5-litre engine.

An opportunity to acquire one of the last hand built and rare top of the line Mercedes-Benz V8 Cabriolets.
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1971   Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 111.027.12.004080  Engine no. 116980.12.003915
1971   Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 111.027.12.004080  Engine no. 116980.12.003915
1971   Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 111.027.12.004080  Engine no. 116980.12.003915
1971   Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 111.027.12.004080  Engine no. 116980.12.003915
1971   Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 111.027.12.004080  Engine no. 116980.12.003915
1971   Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 111.027.12.004080  Engine no. 116980.12.003915
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